PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Special Interest Organization Eclipse Dances In Its First THON

We profiled Eclipse, one of the newest THON special interest organizations, last month. Like many other THON organizations, its primary mission is to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. But Eclipse’s secondary interest is in the treatment of victims of malaria.

The 12 founders started Eclipse in Pennypacker Hall in 2016 as freshmen looking for their purpose at Penn State. Vice President and Onward State photographer Carly Weiss originally joined a different THON organization but didn’t feel very close to the other members in such a large group. The founders decided there was no better way to find their place here than to just create it.

Their organization quickly grew from ten members to about 45, but Eclipse President Colin Heminway knows it’s not about size. “It’s not just how many members you have, it’s how dedicated everyone is – people are really committed.”

Luckily, the organization managed to secure two dancer spots in the lottery. Eclipse’s members are cheering their dancers on from upper deck section 221. Many are experiencing THON for the first time, but Heminway and his executive board are keeping them going to ensure they stay motivated through the entire 46 hours.

“They’re not used to the standing through the aches and pains,” Heminway said. “But that’s what we signed up for.”

Eclipse also managed to raise more than $10,000. The work their members have done has brought them all closer together. “We’re starting to become a family and we’re starting to develop that type of atmosphere that we see in all of these organizations,” Heminway said. “It means so much to not just the founders, but everybody that you can really do whatever you want at this school.”

Moving forward, it’s going to be a learning process for all of Eclipse’s members. Most of them are sophomores and freshmen, with a couple juniors. Every hour of THON is a new experience for most of them. “I don’t think we’re comfortable being stagnant,” Heminway explained. “We want to grow as an organization, but we don’t want to grow excessively large.”

“We want to make more people enjoy Penn State and appreciate Penn State and what it has to offer,” Heminway said. “We have a fear that a lot of people come here and never find their place – we want to be that org that offers that place.”

 

About the Author

Patrick Cines

Patrick is a Marketing major from Princeton, NJ. He has sadly graduated and left Happy Valley, but if you're reading this know that he enjoyed writing about politics during his time with Onward State. If you have any questions about what he's written or you see a photo that you want to use feel free to email [email protected] if you don't want to get a response. If you're looking to get a response, then shoot him a message and a follow on Twitter at @patrickcines.

Comments

Athletics

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

UPUA President Cody Heaton welcomed the incoming Class of 2022 Saturday evening with an inspiring speech.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend